You may need to purchase cat medicine if your cat exhibits symptoms such as frequent vomiting, lack of appetite, lethargy, fever, problems urinating or runny nose or eyes.
Cats experiencing any of these signs of illness for more than two or three days without improvement should be seen by a vet.
They could be suffering from a worm infestation, feline pneumonia or a urinary tract infection, three of the more common medical conditions affecting cats.
Of course, you should make sure your cat receives the necessary cat vaccines to prevent a variety of serious disorders.
Also, something I just found out recently from a trip to my vet is that cats can pick up a virus from us humans and get very sick. It's very scary when your feline friend is sick and can't tell you what is wrong. Yearly vaccines will prevent them from catching anything serious.
Feline vaccinations are available at your veterinarian's office or can be obtained at a reduced price through community pet vaccination clinics sometimes offered by the local animal shelter.
The importance of feline vaccines cannot be stated strongly enough, as these vaccinations avert sicknesses that can cause death if aggressive cat treatments are not immediately implemented.
These diseases include feline distemper (parvo), feline viral rhinotracheitis, rabies, and feline leukemia.
Other cat medicines include cat worm medicine (roundworms) and cat tapeworm medicine.
While you can purchase medicine to eliminate roundworms at the local pet store or discounted online, tapeworm medication requires stronger active ingredients provided by the cat medicine that veterinarians prescribe.
Outdoor cats or barn cats that tend to roam for days before returning home may suffer weight loss from a worm infestation before you are able to give the cat medication.
As a result, you may need to supplement the cat's diet with cat vitamins until the animal is rid of the worms and gaining weight.
Giving a nutritional supplement to cats recuperating from serious illnesses is also a highly recommended practice.
The brand Vetoquinol provides a variety of supplements rich with nutrients beneficial to the cat's condition. You can purchase this product and other discount pet medications at Pet 360 and Entirely Pets.
If your cat is a fussy eater and only wants to eat cheap commercial cat food, giving them daily supplements can help give them the nutrition they need.
Brands such as Nupro Nuggets can be added to your cat's diet in a few different ways. They can be eaten in pellet form, crushed into their favorite wet food or be crushed into a power, mixed with a little water to make a gravy - this can be poured over dry food.
A wide variety of supplements are made for specific ailments.
Cats are very uncooperative when it comes to giving them medication — some take it quite well while others clearly despise the whole process. Although the latter is usually the case, there are ways to take some of the stress out of the process of administering liquid or pill-form medicines. These include:
When cat medicine is in pill form and cannot be crushed, you can try hiding the pill in a small ball of their favorite food, such as cheese and tuna ball.
The main problem with this procedure is that cats chew their food a lot more than dogs do and will often eat the treat ball but spit out the pill, especially if the cat happens to bite into the pill.
Still can't get your cat to swallow their pills? Try using these products widely available in pet stores.
Cat pill syringes are cheap and particularly useful for administering pills that cannot be crushed. The syringe will ensure that the pill goes right to the back of the throat. This reduces the chances of the cat spitting out the medicine.
Cat Pill Wrap (for cats and dogs) is an edible paste that you coat the pill in. With a bacon-like smell, most cats cannot resist!
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